Brother Lawrence was a monastic “lay brother” in a Carmelite Priory in Paris who came from humble and uneducated beginnings in the 17th century. Because of his lowly status in the priory he was assigned to work in the kitchen. Over his years in the kitchen, he learned to discipline himself to be in a constant state of prayer while he accomplished his day to day tasks. He believed that, no matter how mundane the task, anything could become a medium for experience God’s loving presence in his life and in the life of others. He wrote, “We can do little things for God; I turn the cake that is frying on the pan for love of him, and [with] that done, if there is nothing else to call me (no other responsibilities), I prostrate myself in worship before him, who has given me grace to work; afterwards I rise happier than a king. It is enough for me to pick up a straw from the ground for the love of God.”
Sounds nice, doesn’t it? I wonder if it is possible for us to obtain this kind of prayer life – where everything we do seems to be for God and we are cognizant of that fact. It’s certainly worth striving towards.
I know a Financial Advisor whose mission statement is to “bring glory to God by helping people find contentment with their finances.” Some may think this far-fetched but I know this man and I find myself often envious of his relationship with God. I know another business man who has a daily prayer meeting with a group of his colleagues each day during lunch. These are people who strive to find God in the every day… in the mundane. How might you find ways to “do little things for God” throughout your day? How can you make seemingly mundane things prayerful? If you cook, you might pray over the food you are preparing – that it might bless those who receive it. If you work in customer service, perhaps you pray a brief blessing for the customer during a lull in the conversation. I invite you to be creative as you make the little things in life more prayerful.